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bodhicitta (Skt; Tib: jang-chub sem)

A principal consciousness that combines the two factors of wishing to free all beings from suffering and of wishing to attain enlightenment because of that; the spontaneous altruistic mind of enlightenment can be either aspirational or engaging.